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The Ngātahi Education Initiative will transform the lives of 1,500 Northland children in a community of low-decile schools, illustrating that significant social change is possible. Our long term intention is to shape education and social policy so that an intervention programme can be rolled out to all high needs children nationwide. 

“Every child needs a significant adult that believes in them and holds high hopes for them. Our goal at Ngātahi is to provide that positive influence, not just for a moment, but throughout their entire educational journey” - Ant Backhouse, CEO


The goal is to forge a pathway into tertiary education and/or employment for each and every participating child, regardless of their family’s social or financial circumstances. 

This Ngātahi Education Initiative (Ngātahi means together, in unison, as one) will provide long term Navigators for all children entering four schools: Tikipunga Primary School, Totara Grove Primary School, Te Kura o Otangarei and Tikipunga High School. 

These Navigators will follow the children through primary, secondary and tertiary education to provide consistent academic oversight, advocacy and support. Navigators will have a formal relationship with the participating schools, work with the children’s families, and help co-ordinate social services affecting that child. 

Education is a proven social investment able to break inter-generational cycles of poverty. Ngātahi’s design draws on over 35 years of evidence-based research into positive, effective interventions that change the trajectory of children’s lives.

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